Tech Strand at the new Leeds International Festival
All day long
From 22-04-17 to 30-04-17

The Tech strand at the new Leeds International Festival taking place in Leeds from April 22-30th looks great. The full Tech programme is here: http://leedsinternationalfestival.com/programme/#filter=.tech
Tech is one of three strands (Tech, Moving Image and Music). Over 15 events, they have more female speakers than male across the whole Tech strand. Sue Black, the founder of BCSWomen will be one of the speakers!
Here’s a guide to the Tech events so far:

BioHacking, CyberPunk & Hacker Culture: From fiction to reality. 
This event will explore CyberPunk themes active in Hacker culture right now. Is Biohacking the future? Brave volunteers will be able to get a NFC live chip implant into their hand at the event. Keren will discuss the Hackers of Sci-Fi and CyberPunk culture and discuss how the Hacker culture of today looks to these references. How do we make hackers the heroes again? http://leedsinternationalfestival.com/event/cyber-punk-immersive-experience/

Make Believe, Kids imagining and inventing the tech of the futures
Brilliant free event at Leeds City Museum. We want kids dreaming up, hacking and inventing the tech of their future using coding, hacking, animation and storytelling skills to encourage more children to consider a STEAM led career path.

Cyber Security in overdrive! 2016 the year of the hack
What does an actual cyber attack look like, what is the dark web we keep hearing about? What is Cyber Security and how can we continue to keep personal details safe from hackers? Featuring talks from international (and thoroughly entertaining) speakers Dr Jessica Barker and Gary Hibberd.

The Future of Technology
From Drones delivering shopping, robots performing surgeries to internet connected fridges sending food orders to your local supermarket, what is the Tech of the Future?
We’re bringing TechCrunch’s Editor In Chief Mike Butcher to the region to discuss what trends are taking place in Tech right now. Separately Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, is going to be discussing designing for the ‘Internet Of Things’ and the increasing role they’ll play in our futures.

Lumen Prize
The Lumen Prize is the Turner Prize so to speak for the best in global, award winning digital art. It’s brilliant that it’s touring up north for all to see.
The free Exhibition encompasses the very latest technology and methodology including 360˚projections, spherical screens, Virtual Reality, sensory interfaces, projection mapping, Augmented Reality and sound generators.

Digital Art Debate
Speakers include Carla Rapoport (Lumen Prize Project: Founder & Director), Fabio Giampietro (Winner of the Mixed Reality and overall Lumen Prize 2016), Doug Dodds, Senior Curator in the V&A’s Digital Art department and Bryony Bond (The Tetley: Creative Director)

Film Visual Effects (VFX) event
A talk with Oscar winner Andrew Whitehurst from Double Negative discussing his Oscar-winning computer VFX work on Spectre, Harry Potter and ExMachina. Followed by a screening of his Oscar-winning film, Ex Machina.

Empowering Women with Tech conference
Featuring talks from Broadcaster Lauren Laverne, International Fashion Blogger Susie Bubble, Computer Scientist Dr Sue Black OBE, Emmy Lovell, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Debbie Wosskow OBE

Celebration of VR with a dedicated VR hackday
Learn about Virtual Reality and how content for VR is produced. Google will be in the region demo’ing their new Google Expeditions Pioneer VR Programme too. Separately we’ll have a dedicated VR hackday at Futurelabs for all interested VR developers in the north

An Evening of Tech Comedy
Triple TED talk speaker James Veitch will talk about what happens when you reply to spam messages and more. Check him out at TED here.https://www.ted.com/talks/james_veitch_this_is_what_happens_when_you_reply_to_spam_email
And Best Newcomer at the Fosters Comedy Awards David Trent will also be doing a standup set too.

All Day Hey! Conference.
A day celebrating the best of web technologies right now.
Katie Fenn – Software Engineer at Canonical
Jeremy Keith – Irish web developer and author at design agency Clearleft.
Alice Bartlett – Senior developer at the Financial Times.
Patrick Hamann – Web Performance Engineer at Fastly
Ruth John – Coding Artist | Google Developer Expert | Audio & MIDI Evangelist | Co-founder { Live : JS }
Alberta Soranzo – Director of End-to-End Service Design at Lloyds Banking Group
With Phil Hawksworth, Technology Director at RGA MC’ing the event

The Tech Off!
A collision of TED talks and WWE wrestling; hear leading speakers from creative and tech communities give five minute talks on their chosen topic. The crowd chooses the champion, who walks away with The Tech Off Wrestling Belt.

Herd Leeds Digital Jobs Fair 3.0
The biggest of its kind in the North, held between 12pm till 4.30pm at the Leeds First Direct Arena. Herd’s Digital Job Fair is like no other careers event you have ever been to. With a fun festival vibe, seminars from the likes of Google, Sky Bet and NHS Digital, a game areas and a bar.